Saturday, February 12, 2005

Deep Throat

After my last post, it seems appropriate to make a comment on a "classic" I still have not seen, despite what I presume to be its wide availability on video: Deep Throat. Of the "prestige porn films of the mid 1970s, I saw only The Devil In Miss Jones, which was supposed to be special because its star, Georgina Spelvin, could actually act.
It's been a long time since I saw that one in a dining hall at Harvard's Quincy House. Deep Throat was shown there too, if I recall correctly. Don't know why I never saw it.
I did read Linda Lovelace's two books of expose, published in the 1980s, and was strongly moved by her story of force participatio0n in Deep Throat. Maybe that's part of the reason why I never cared much about seeing it. Maybe it's my wife's deep opposition to pornography in our home. Or maybe there are other reasons that I'm unable to articulate very well.
I'm not sure there's a point to this posting other than to say that the widespread comment on the new documentary Inside Deep Throat is interesting to me in its description of a lost moment in time: That period in the 1970s when hardcore porn enjoyed status as "chic."
It's bizarre looking back on that period and thinking about how times have changed.
Now we have the Internet as the safe haven for porn.